Top Five Data Center Stories: Week of January 13


Digital Realty data center in Chessington, U.K. (Photo: Digital Realty)

Here are the top stories that appeared on Data Center Knowledge this week:

Digital Realty Signals the Gloves are Coming Off in 2017 – After a two-year focus on leasing up finished inventory and limiting speculative development, the San Francisco-based data center REIT’s outlook for 2017 includes spending up to $1 billion on new data center construction.

Microsoft Wants to Patent an Underwater Data Center Reef – Application to patent an Artificial Reef Datacenter will add it to the list of applications describing other elements of the underwater cloud, such as a cooling system that uses the ocean as a giant heat exchanger and intrusion detection for submerged data centers.

Switch Gets All A’s, Four Providers Fail Green Data Center Test by Greenpeace – Greenpeace publishes its Clicking Clean report periodically in an effort to pressure the biggest data center operators and users – companies responsible for building much of the internet infrastructure – to source renewable energy for their facilities, invest in renewable energy generation, and use their influence as big energy customers with utilities and regulators to bring more renewable energy on the grid and make it easier to obtain.

Equinix Eyeing Expansion in Emerging Markets with Cloud Giants – In the near future, we may see the Redwood City, California-based data center provider help one or more web giants, such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or Google Cloud Platform, bring big chunks of cloud data center capacity to emerging markets.

Microsoft to Reorganize Partner, Service Teams, Promises No Job Cuts – The moves affect Microsoft’s sales, partner and services teams under the Worldwide Commercial Business group.

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